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Elizabeth Findlay travelled from Kelso on Sunday to preach the Pentecost morning service in Caddonfoot Church. The lessons were read by Christine Dorward. The kirk session met on last night (Wednesday) in the church.The Galashiels Braw Lad will be kirked in Trinity Church, Galashiels, on June 23 when there will be a joint service at 10.30 am. Bible study continues today ( Thursday) in Trinity Church from 5-6pm.


Green gatherin’

Denholm and District Community Council will be holding a Gatherin’ on the Green in the village on May 26 from 2pm. The event features five-a-side football, baking and decorating cupcakes. For more details, see the posters in Denholm or contact Shirley on 01450 870604.



The May 26 service at 10.15am will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods. The Spring Fling held on May 11 raised £390.



David Scott Aiton explained the importance of recycling and told members at their latest meeting where the contents of bins go. He said vast amounts of food are wasted by poor management at home and he handed out leaflets with recipes for using up leftovers and told how to compost material. Competition – baking with eggs and cheese – 1, Alma Elliot; 2, Isobel Henderson. The best photographs of Border views were brought by Isobel Henderson, Dorothy Elliot and Ina Cowe. The rural’s summer night out is on June 19 – a visit to Teviot Smokery for a cookery demonstration and dinner.

Strawberry fair

The village hall will, on June 30 (11am-3pm), stage a strawberry fair. This is an annual fundraiser on behalf of the hall.


Heavy horse evening

There will be an open night (6.30-9pm) at Gilmanscleuch Farm to view the Clydesdales, plus a shoe-making competition, barbeque and refreshments. More information is available by phoning 01750 62327.


Bingo night

Friends of Kirkhope are holding a bingo night on May 31 from 6.30pm in Ettrickbridge village hall. Tickets are available from Mrs Turnbull (01750 52231).



The primary school will benefit from a bingo night being held at Gordon Bowling Club on May 24 (7pm). All welcome.



Rotarians and their wives celebrated the common riding at last week’s meeting when they were welcomed by president Tommy Mulvee and his wife, Angela. Also present was special guest Gerald Murray and all enjoyed an emotive and nostalgic evening of popular common riding songs and poems. Singers Pat Sutherland, Bert Armstrong and Drew Johnstone were accompanied on piano by Rosalyn Walker. Scott Elliot and Jock Thurburn delivered recitations. The evening was arranged by Bobby Cairns who, unfortunately, could not attend, but Scott acted as MC. At the end of the evening past president Ron Laidlaw gave a vote of thanks, followed by Bert and Drew leading a rendition of “Teribus”.



The Service of the Lambs – giving thanks for the lambing season – will be held at 11.15am on May 26 in Hownam Kirk.



The next service in Innerleithen Church will be held on on May 26 at 11.30am.


The Silver Band will hold its spring concert on May 24 at 7.30pm, featuring St Ronan’s Future and the main bands. Tickets are available at the door.


The annual general meeting of Innerleithen Senior Citizens’ Club will take place on May 29 in Vale of Leithen Social Club at 2pm. There will be a bring-and-buy sale and raffle after the business part of the meeting. Names will also be taken for summer outings to Ayr and Moffat.

Fun day

Innerleithen Family Fun Day – to be held on June 2 in Victoria Park from 1-5pm – promises much for all ages. Organisers have arranged a host of attractions and stalls, including roundabouts and inflatables, pony rides, face painting, sports, balloon race, cake and candy, books, CDs and bric-a-brac, as well as raffles and tombola. Entry is free. There will be a cricket match on the Vale Park starting at 10am, with sports taster-sessions throughout the day, including ClubGolf and tennis. A junior tug-o-war will be organised to take place at 1.30pm. Live music will be provided by the town’s Silver, Pipe and Future bands. Various community groups will also be in attendance. A car boot sale is to be held in the small car park. Anyone who wants to book a place, or make any other enquiry, should ring 01896 831721.


Innerleithen and District Community Council will hold its monthly meeting on June 3 in the council chamber, Leithen Road, at 7.15pm. The first item on the agenda will be the open forum where residents are invited to raise local issues.


The next meeting of St Ronan’s Border Games committee will take place on June 5 at 7pm in the council chamber, Leithen Road.


A limited number of Standard Bearer’s Ball tickets are available for the July 13 event. Anyone who is interested should email stronansgames@googlemail.com or ring 01896 870316.


Lunch club

The next weekly gathering is on May 23. The club is for pensioners in the Jedburgh area and anyone who knows someone who would benefit from a hot meal and friendship should contact 01835 862565.


Roxburghshire federation’s H&H committee is holding a spring rally on June 10 in Jedburgh Town Hall. It will feature Denholm butcher Drew Lauder and Robbie Bunton, chef from The Woll at Ashkirk, preparing and cooking economical and healthy dishes. Joyce Tinlin is providing musical entertainment. Competitions for Roxburghshire members – baking – three dropped scones, fruit loaf; floral art – arrangement in a jug, table decoration (oasis); handcraft – scissors case (any craft); child’s jumper (max. 76cm/30in). The competition for for gypsy creams will be judged at the rally, with the winner’s entry going forward to the H&H autumn conference.

School fair

Howdenburn primary school’s spring fair and plant sale on May 25 runs from 10am-noon.



Organisers of a school reunion want to contact a couple – Leonard and Mary Coaster – who they think live in the Kelso area. The event is a gathering of former pupils of Wallsend Grammar School on September 30. The organisers can be contacted via email (je@live.co.uk) or phone (0191 487 8284).

Bridge club

May 15 – match-pointed pairs – N/S – 1, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 2, John and Marian Miller; 3, Ian Watson and Stuart Graham; E/W – 1, Dominic and Diana Alkin :2nd Brian Saywood and Ken Ross; 3, Janet Kyle and John Urquhart. May 16 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Dominic and Diana Alkin; 2, Jim Stone and Annie Mitchell; 3, Jon Bridger and Gerry Eglington; E/W – 1, Archie Stewart and Billy Potts; 2, Avril Ronald and Donald Swanson; 3, Brian Saywood and Evelyn Erskine.

Farmers’ market

The farmers’ market will be held in The Square on May 25 (9am-1.30pm).


Sponsored walk

Cornet Alasdair Cavers, along with his right and left-hand men, Andrew Elliot and Lee Earsman, joined members of the young riders’ club on a sponsored walk to the monument and back in chilly weather, raising £1,750. There are around 60 members in the young riders’ club and money is continually needed to pay for riding lessons and other expenses.

Praise performance

The Town Band was due to play at the Kilngreen for an informal praise in the park type-service, but due to the wet weather it had to be switched to the parish church. Under new musical director Chris Shanks, the musicians played a selection of lively hymns and a number of other musical arrangements. Mr Shanks gave a short introduction to each piece and also spoke of his musical experiences with the Salvation Army. The Reverend Scott McCarthy thanked the band for an enjoyable afternoon and presented it with a donation.

Art exhibition

The Gilnockie art class, under tutor Alex Drysdale, displayed a collection of members’ works in the town hall gallery. The exhibition was opened by John Packer from Canonbie.


A Cake Break in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society was held in a High Street shop by Catherine Lithgow from Canonbie, whose husband Malcolm has MS. She was helped by friends who baked cakes and donations from those who enjoyed a cuppa and cakes. The sum of £175 was raised.



President Janette Waldie welcomed members and guests to

the 94th AGM. Before officially appointing the new committee, members participated in a beetle drive which was won by the president with 136 points and a special prize was awarded to Christine Riddell. The president thanked the retiring committee, with special mention of Joanne Watson and Anne Strangeways for their work over the years. She also thanked Christine Brotherston for press reports and Joan Steven for presenting the monthly meeting posters. Appreciation also went to Maisie Gryczka for counting and checking the monthly points system, and Kathleen Thomson for assisting with minutes, etc. Office bearers for 2013/14 – president, Janette Waldie; vice-president, Senga Towers; secretary, Liz Dalgliesh; treasurer, Annette Holton; committee – Christine Brandeski, Sheila Hardie, Janet Laidlaw, Mary Sked and Wendy Paterson. Banana loaf – 1, Anne Strangeways; 2, Joanne Watson; 3, Sheila Hardie. Beetle (home made, any craft) – 1, Wendy Paterson; 2, Anne Strangeways; 3, Kathleen Thomson. Winner of Thomson Trophy and SWRI Spoon – Wendy Paterson; 2, Mary Sked. Gypsy Creams – 1, Sheila Hardie; 2, Joanne Watson; 3, Wendy Paterson. Shelia goes forward to the next round of the contest at the Berwickshire Federation AGM at Allanton on May 25. Mystery tour on July 14 – members and friends welcome, contact Janette (01578 722273) for more information.


Family history

On May 26 at 2.30pm in the Corn Exchange and Ormiston Institute, the Borders Family History Society AGM will be held. There is also a talk by Margaret Fox entitled “Someone to Watch Over Me: Kirk and Community” – an insight into the influence of the Kirk in Scottish society over the centuries. It will also demonstrate how church records are one of the best resources for fleshing out the lives of Borders ancestors.


Stenton School from East Lothian had heard of Trimontium from a Borders teacher colleague and half of the small school undertook the route march and museum tour. A special walk was laid on for members of the Glenmore Walking Club from Edinburgh who stepped out on the tea trail to the village hall as they left the site. The latest Thursday walk was a little more dramatic than usual for one of the walkers didn’t feel so good en route. However, the local chariot was mustered to bring him back to base camp – a cup of tea and Newstead chat worked wonders. At Melrose primary school preparations continued for the children’s exhibition and party on June 21 that will welcome the 228 silver denarii from Synton Hill to be installed and displayed in the Melrose Museum, initially till the end of the season when they travel to Selkirk.


Church sound system questionnaire to be completed. May 26 services – Bowden (9.30am); Melrose (11am).



The May meeting topic was entitled “Hats with Marjorie”. Marjorie delivered an interesting and fun talk about how her hobby began, leading up to her latest wedding hats. Competitions – cupcakes – 1, S. Galloway; 2, A. Cochrane; 3, M. Hastie; knitted scarf – 1, S. Galloway; 2, A. Cockrane; 3, S. Swanson. The summer outing to Traquair is on June 4.


Fishing club

The fishing club coffee morning will be held in the institute on May 25 from 10.30am.


Marie France Taylor welcomed a large turnout of members and visitors to the May meeting when Alan Malone, from Granny Jean’s Bakery, gave a demonstration of scones, bread and tray bake. Janette Stenhouse proposed the vote of thanks. Competitions – four peppermint creams – 1, Lizzie Thomson; 2, Mary Pringle; 3, Nancy Anderson; small cream jug – 1, Agnes Scott; 2, Grace Cessford; 3, Marian Dumma. Visitors – cream jug – 1, Susan Stewart; 2, Dot Lee; 3, Avril Purves. The lucky syllabus winner was Margaret Blackmore. The June 12 outing is to Woodside Garden – those going should ensure their names are on the list.


The Service of Lambs will be held in Hownam Church on May 26 at 11.15am.



May meeting guest Clare Oliver gave a talk on the Margaret Kerr palliative care unit at Borders General Hospital, from its inception to completion earlier this year. A vote of thanks was given by Nan Ruthven. Competition – small milk jug – 1, Jean Stramka; 2, Janette Corcoran; 3, Joan Todd. Four members enjoyed an evening out as guests of Heiton WRI. Newtown members next meet on June 6.



Committee – Denise Barclay (president), Agnes Bell (treasurer), Jackie Pinkerton (secretary), Anne Wood, Sonya Borthwick, Sylvia Thomson, Francis Dickman. Competition – taste and try – 1, Agnes Bell; 2, Evelyn Cramer; 3, Sylvia Thomson.


Tea dance

The next fortnightly tea dance in the Ex-Servicemen’s Club, School Brae, will be held on May 31 (2-4pm). Everyone welcome, from beginners to experienced, or those just wanting to watch and listen. Transport can be provided. Phone 01835 862565 for more details.



The village fair and car boot sale will be held on the green on May 26 from 1.30pm.


Coffee morning

A St Mary of Wedale and Heriot Church coffee morning will be held on May 25 (10.30am-noon) at the MacFie Hall, Heriot.



The service in Traquair Kirk on May 26 begins at 10am.



The next service in Walkerburn Public Hall will be on June 16 at 10am.



Members had an outing to the Little Theatre at Bowhill, including a pre-theatre supper. The May meeting featured a floral art demonstration, accompanied by songs representing the arrangement by Joyce Tinlin. Competitions– cream jug – 1, Margaret Watson; 2, Norma Stuart; small floral arrangement – 1, Betty Fraser; 2, Jean Scott.


Tattie time

Yetholm Borders Shepherds’ Show is running a tattie competition. Buckets and tatties were handed out on Town Yetholm Green at the weekend, but it is still possible to enter by telephoning show secretary Sarah Little on 01573 440235. The final weigh-in to find the winner takes place just before the show in early October.

Music nights

The Plough Hotel music evenings continue on the first Saturday of the month, but there has been a change to the start time – proceedings are now scheduled to get under way at 8.30pm.


The annual guild coffee morning will take place from 10.30am on May 25 in the Wauchope Hall. Donations welcome. The Service of the Lambs – giving thanks for the lambing season – is the following day at 11.15am at Hownam Kirk. Plans are under way for the production of the summer edition of the Kirk magazine, The Wee Yett. Articles are sought, so would-be scribes should start thinking about their contributions.

Walking Weekend

The eighth annual Walking Weekend runs from May 25-27, with the Wauchope Hall serving as the administration and refreshment centre. Further information is available from Tom Tokely of Harden Cottage (01573 420616).

Mission hall

Yetholm Historical and Archaeological Society has held a meeting to discuss the possibility of taking over the Mission Hall as a heritage centre.